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July 2012

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NDCA Announces New Staff Member
The NDCA is happy to welcome new staff member Robin Bosch. Robin started with the agency on May 18th taking over the administrative duties of fiscal and grant management. She brings with her 14 years of experience as the business manager with the ND Department of Labor. A University of MN-Moorhead English graduate, Bosch had a diverse work experience prior to her work at the Department of Labor ranging from performing communications duties for Ag producers, to working with developmentally disabled adults. She has an appreciation for many forms of creative expression and has explored a variety of mediums, including painting, creative writing, and woodcarving. She hopes to try her hand at stained glass, pottery, photography and fiber arts in the future. Robin and her husband Lauren are North Dakota natives and have two elementary school-aged children, Sarah and Adam. You can reach Robin at (701) 328-7590.

Sundogs and Sunflowers: Folklore and Folk Art of the Northern Great Plains Receives National Recognition
In the fall of 2011, the North Dakota Council on the Arts publication entitled Sundogs and Sunflowers: Folklore and Folk Art of the Northern Great Plains, compiled and edited by North Dakota State University Professor Emeritus Dr. Timothy J. Kloberdanz and NDCA folklorist Troyd A. Geist, won first place for the North Dakota Library Association's 2011 Notable Document Award. This program recognizes North Dakota state agency documents of exceptional quality and usefulness. Sundogs and Sunflowers along with the two other winning State Documents from North Dakota were sent to the American Library Association (ALA) for nomination on the national level for consideration by the ALA Notable Documents Committee. 2011 turned out to be an exceptional year for North Dakota documents. All three North Dakota submissions recently were selected by the national committee for ALA Notable Document recognition, including Sundogs and Sunflowers. Selected documents are recognized via an article in the Library Journal, an industry publication with 17,000 institutional subscribers. Following is a link to this year’s article: http://lj.libraryjournal.com/2012/05/publishing/past-as-prologue-we-didnt-have-a-deck-last-year. For the full press release, visit www.nd.gov/arts/pressreleases/releases/NDCAPublicationWins2011ALANotabledocument1.doc.

Minot, ND Artists Awarded 2012 NEA National Heritage Fellowship
The National Endowment for the Arts announced the 2012 NEA National Heritage Fellowship Recipients on June 19, 2012. The NEA National Heritage Fellows recognizes folk and traditional artists for their artistic excellence and efforts to conserve America’s culture for future generations. The fellowships are the nation’s highest honor in the folk and traditional arts, and include a one-time award of $25,000. This year Paul and Darlene Bergren, Dog Sled and Snowshoe Designers and Builders from Minot, North Dakota were among the nine recipients. Throughout their careers, the 2012 NEA National Heritage Fellowship recipients have honored the history of their art forms while also incorporating their own creativity and innovation to carry the art forms into the 21st century. This year’s recipients are masters of diverse traditional art forms. “I know the level of people selected in the past for this recognition, people like B. B. King, Bill Monroe, and others. Darlene and I are wood benders!” Paul Bergren states self-deprecatingly and modestly. “It is really something, and I’m at a loss for words.  Never in my wildest dreams would I have imagined that Darlene and I would go to Washington D.C., we’ve never been east of Wisconsin, let alone to go to D.C. to receive this award! It’s amazing and a real honor.” The 2012 awardees will come to Washington, DC, in October for a series of events including an awards presentation and banquet at the Library of Congress, as well as a concert scheduled for Thursday, October 4, 2012 at 7:30 p.m. at the George Washington University Lisner Auditorium in Washington, DC. For the full press release, visit www.nd.gov/arts/pressreleases/releases/NEA2012NationalHeritageFellowshipRecipients-Bergren2012.doc.

Minot Teen Ballerina Headed to Moscow
The New York-based Russian American Foundation announced that 15 American high school ballet dancers have been selected for the prestigious NSLI For Youth Program – funded by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs – to spend six weeks of the summer 2012 studying Russian language, culture and ballet at the renowned Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Moscow. Anja Selland of Minot, North Dakota has been selected as one of the 15 ballet dancers to attend this prestigious academy. Anja is with the Rinat Mouzafarov's Institute of Dance and Ballet Theater in Minot. NSLI-Y seeks to increase Americans’ capacity to engage with native speakers of critical languages by providing language learning and by promoting mutual understanding through educational and cultural activities. For the third summer in a row NSLI-Y has earmarked scholarships for a dance-related program with the Russian American Foundation and Bolshoi Ballet Academy. The scholarship covers all program costs for participants including domestic and international travel; tuition, meals, accommodations and much more. For more information visit: http://russianamericanfoundation.org/nsli-y.php.

North Dakota Artist’s Works Exhibited in Offices of the Governor, First Lady and Attorney General
The North Dakota Council on the Arts (NDCA), along with the offices of Governor Jack Dalrymple and First Lady Betsy Dalrymple, will be exhibiting the works of Bismarck artist Paul Noot at the Capitol Building in Bismarck during the months of July, August and September. Noot’s works will be on display as of July 6th in the Governor’s ground floor and first floor offices, the First Lady’s fourth floor office, and the Attorney General’s first floor office. This is part of an ongoing program between the NDCA and the offices of the Governor and First Lady. Artists looking to represent their region with art work placed in the offices of the governor and first lady can submit a brief resume along with photographs or slides of their work to the North Dakota Council on the Arts, 1600 East Century Avenue, Suite 6, Bismarck, ND 58503. Artists are selected for quarterly display. Following is a biography of Paul Noot: Paul received his BFA from the University of North Dakota and his MFA from Brooklyn College in New York. Paul grew up in the Marion/Valley City area, and has made Bismarck his home for the last 17 years. Paul has worked at Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC, the North Dakota Museum of Art in Grand Forks and is currently the department chair of the Visual Arts Department at Bismarck High. He also teaches classes for Theo Art School, Sleepy Hollow Summer Arts program, and Continuing Education classes for University of North Dakota. In the winter of 2011 Paul was a founding member of the Bismarck Downtown Artist Cooperative. Paul exhibits in the region and is a recipient of several art awards. In 2002 he was awarded the Citation Award from Bismarck Art & Galleries Association, in 2004 the KXMB Spirit Award, in 2005-6 the Golden Apple Award for teaching, and in 2009 the Bismarck Art & Galleries Volunteer Award. He was a winner in the Millennium Art Trail Project in 2002, and the Lewis & Clark Banner contest in 2003. Recent commissioned work can be seen at the Pirogue Grille in downtown Bismarck and a two-hundred foot mural in Valley City. He also painted a horse for Easter Seals of North Dakota, a mini-bus for American Cancer Society of North Dakota, and a child statue for Manchester House of Bismarck. Noot’s art can be found at the Bismarck Downtown Artist Cooperative at 222 N 4th. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/pages/Paul-Noot/116314868934.

Bismarck-Mandan Symphony Orchestra Executive Director Selected for Fellowship
Jeffrey D. Collier, executive director of the Bismarck-Mandan Orchestral Association, doing business as the Bismarck-Mandan Symphony Orchestra (BMSO), has been selected to participate in the DeVos Institute for Arts Management Fellowship Program at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., beginning in early September of 2012. Collier is one of 10 successful applicants from a field of more than 150. The Fellowship is a nine-month, full-time program that was conceived as a critical component in the mission to expand the knowledge and professional abilities of performing arts leaders. Collier will be leaving his position with the BMSO on Aug. 24. “The BMSO is proud of Jeffery’s appointment to the Kennedy Center Fellowship, and we wish him well in his advancing career,” Board President Margaret Fiechtner says. “We look forward to finding a new executive director who shares Jeffrey’s commitment to the BMSO.” Learn more about the BMSO on its website at www.bismarckmandansymphony.org.

BMOA Executive Director Position Announcement
The Board of Directors of the Bismarck-Mandan Orchestral Association, doing business as the Bismarck-Mandan Symphony Orchestra (BMSO), is accepting applications for the position of Executive Director. Each season, the BMSO’s annual concert series includes six subscription concerts, often featuring guest artists.  The BMSO also provides various educational programs, including fourth grade education concerts serving more than 1,500 students, classroom visits with guest soloists, a growing youth orchestra program, master classes, and workshops.  Other events include a free Fourth of July Spectacular on the North Dakota State Capitol grounds, a Dixieland jazz concert and various pops programming, and chamber music concert series in Bismarck and in rural communities throughout central and western North Dakota. The BMSO works with community partners each season to implement a variety of unique and innovative programming. Job Overview: The Executive Director is responsible for managing the human and financial resources of the BMSO in order to achieve the orchestra’s mission. To that end, the Executive Director is responsible and accountable for all aspects of the organization, and for implementing the policies set by the Board of Directors. The Executive Director will serve as the chief operating officer of the BMSO and reports to the Board of Directors through the Board President. The successful candidate will be willing and able to reside in Bismarck-Mandan, North Dakota, and will welcome the opportunity to become an active participant in the life of the community. Closing Date: Application review will begin on July 20, 2012. The position will be open until filled. Mail or Email cover letter, resume and list of three professional references to: Margaret Fiechtner, Board President, P.O. Box 2031, Bismarck, ND 58502 or email bmso@midconetwork.com. For more information call (701) 258-8345.

North Dakota Art Gallery Association Seeks Solo or Group Exhibitions
North Dakota Art Gallery Association, a nonprofit organization of galleries from the Upper Midwest, is seeking proposals for solo or group exhibitions for 2013-2015. All works must be original and created within the past two years. No mass produced forms permitted. No factory produced items. All prints must be properly signed and numbered in a limited edition. Cooperatively booked exhibitions typically run from four to ten venues. Honorarium is provided for work accepted to tour. Eligibility: The competition is open to all artists working in any media. Selection Committee: Member nonprofit gallery directors. Deadline for entries: August 31, 2012. Accepted work notification: November 15, 2012. Submitted proposals will be reviewed for acceptance at the NDAGA Annual Conference and booking session, September 23-25, 2012, in Bismarck. Artists who have submitted work and are interested in attending the artist review session to present their work are encouraged to contact the NDAGA office at ndaga@ndaga.org, or by calling (701) 858-3242 for more information. A copy of the prospectus is available via this link.

NDCA Offers Touring Exhibit Opportunity
NDCA’s book, Sundog and Sunflowers: Folklore and Folk Art of the Northern Great Plains recently won first place in the North Dakota Library Association’s 2011 Notable Document Awards. We are excited and pleased with this honor. NDCA has been working on a photographic exhibit based and derived from this book. The exhibit has been complete and is ready for travel. The exhibit will be offered for tour to cultural organizations, schools, senior centers, and art galleries throughout the state. The book includes folklore and folk art from every single county in our state, from small towns and large throughout the state. The exhibit consists of 28 full-color didactic panels (with text and images); two to three panels as a sample from each of the 10 chapters in the book. The panels are 30” x 20” on gallery/exhibit ready framed, laminated sintra. The crating, mounting instructions, condition reports, press packages, and book order forms accompany the exhibit. An online link providing visual examples of the exhibit’s didactic panels is available at: www.nd.gov/arts/whatsnew/SundogsandSunflowers.html or a direct link to the YouTube video at www.youtube.com/watch?v=E0KKbPe1tDw. For more information, contact Troyd Geist at tgeist@nd.gov or by calling (701) 866-0959.

Let NDCA Help You with Your Gift-Giving Needs
Did you know that North Dakota Council on the Arts can help you with gift-giving needs? We can, with unique CDs, collectables, and wonderful picturesque books.  Storytellers’ present history and folklore in a way that lets your mind’s eye capture their meaning on the CD. These renditions have been handed down through generations; conveying the various cultures that are synonymous with North Dakota. Our books are bountiful with colorful crafts and scenery found in our country side. We also have collector Special Edition ornaments starting with 2008. These ornaments are decorative enough to display year round. Thinking of giving an impressive gift for graduations, weddings, birthdays, or holidays? Go online at www.nd.gov/arts then call us with your order at (701) 328-7590; or email comserv@nd.gov.

CulturePulse.org, the ARTbeat of North Dakota
CulturePulse.org is the North Dakota Statewide Arts Calendar. To learn more about all of the exciting arts and cultural activities happening throughout the state, and to view North Dakota artist profiles, be sure to visit www.culturepulse.org. Artists, organizations and venues - if you have not yet done so - be sure to get your art and cultural information listed on CulturePulse.org! CulturePulse.org also has a Facebook fan page! Stay on top of all of the latest arts and cultural information by becoming a fan at www.facebook.com/culturepulse. To learn how to enter your information on CulturePulse.org, visit www.culturepulse.org.


New Arts & Economic Prosperity Study Released
The nonprofit arts and culture industry generates $135.2 billion in economic activity and supports 4.13 million jobs in the United States! Those are powerful findings from the largest and most comprehensive arts impact study ever conducted—Arts & Economic Prosperity IV—which launched on June 8.  To learn more visit www.AmericansForTheArts.org/EconomicImpact.

House Subcommittee Recommends 10 Percent Cut for Arts
The U.S. House of Representatives Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies passed its initial FY 2013 funding legislation with a cut of $14 million to the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). The Subcommittee, which has funding jurisdiction over the NEA, National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), and other cultural institutions such as the Smithsonian, is recommending a 10 percent decrease compared to last year’s level of $146.3 million. The NEA has already seen its appropriation decreased by $20 million over the past two years. If enacted, the Subcommittee’s $132 million budget would also be well below President Obama’s requested increase to $154.3 million for FY 2013. The next step is for the bill to go to the larger House Appropriations Committee in the coming weeks for a vote and then possible deliberation on the House Floor for passage. The U.S. Senate has not yet considered its version of the spending legislation which will have to be reconciled with the House proposal. For more information on NEA appropriations and the budget process, please contact Americans for the Arts’ Director for Federal Affairs, Gladstone Payton at gpayton@artsusa.org. House Appropriations Bill Status is available at http://democrats.appropriations.house.gov/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=237&Itemid=12.

Nominate an Artist for the NEA Jazz Masters and NEA Heritage Fellows
The NEA wants your nominations for their NEA Jazz Masters (www.nea.gov/honors/jazz/award.html) and NEA Heritage Fellows (www.nea.gov/honors/heritage/nomination.html) lifetime achievement fellowships, the nation's highest honors in jazz and the folk & traditional arts. For more information on the awards and profiles of the recipients over the past 30 years, see the Lifetime Honors section of their website at www.arts.gov/honors/index.html.

Midwest Arts Conference, September 12-15, 2012, Grand Rapids, Michigan
A program of Arts Midwest, the Midwest Arts Conference is the preeminent booking and educational conference for the Midwest performing arts industry. Attended by nearly 1,000 performing artists, managers, and agents; performing arts presenters/venues; and arts administrators from throughout the United States and beyond, the four-day conference is filled with opportunities to network, learn, and experience live performing arts. Don't miss out on registration discounts! Register for the Midwest Arts Conference by July 10 to take advantage of our discounted prices. Registration fees increase on July 11. Register today at www.artsmidwest.org/programs/conference/register to take advantage of our best prices. Check out ways to make the conference more affordable at www.artsmidwest.org/programs/conference/discounts-scholarships. Don't forget to reserve your room at the Conference hotel, the Amway Grand Plaza, and stay in the heart of the action.

Blue Star Museums Initiative Offers Free Admission to all Active Duty Military Personnel
Blue Star Families announced the launch of Blue Star Museums, a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 1,600 museums across America to offer free admission to all active duty military personnel, including active Reserve and National Guard, and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day 2012. Leadership support has been provided by MetLife Foundation through Blue Star Families. The complete list of participating museums is available at www.arts.gov/bluestarmuseums. “Through Blue Star Museums, the arts community is extending a special invitation to military families to enjoy over 1,600 museums this summer,” said NEA Chairman Rocco Landesman. “This is both an opportunity to thank military families for their service and sacrifice, as well as a chance to create connections between museums and these families that will continue throughout the year. Especially for families with limited time together, those on a limited budget, and ones that have to relocate frequently, Blue Star Museums offers an opportunity to enjoy one another and become more fully integrated into a community.” This year, more than 1,600 (and counting) museums in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and American Samoa are taking part in the initiative, including more than 300 new museums this year. Museums are welcome to join Blue Star Museums throughout the summer. This year’s Blue Star Museums represent not just fine arts museums, but also science museums, history museums, nature centers, and 70 children’s museums. North Dakota participating museums include: Abercrombie, Fort Abercrombie State Historic Site; Beulah, Mercer County Museum; Bismarck, Former Governors' Mansion State Historic Site and Gateway to Science; Cooperstown, Ronald Reagan Minuteman Missile State Historic Site; Fargo, Plains Art Museum; Medora, Billings County Museum and Chateau de Mores State Historic Site; Rugby, Prairie Village Museum; Valley City, Barnes County Historical Society Museum.


**Check out the upcoming Events and Exhibits listed on NDCA's regional calendars, and for more information, visit North Dakota's Statewide Arts Calendar at www.culturepulse.org. If you have events, exhibits or artist opportunities that you would like included on the NDCA web site, please email them to comserv@nd.gov.

Battle of the Bands Call for Entries
The North Valley Arts Council (NoVAC) announces its first ever BATTLE OF THE BANDS that will take place on the Town Square Stage in downtown Grand Forks at Zombie Music Fest on October 6, 2012. The high-powered, musical face-off will be start at 3 p.m. Go Steve Jones, a regional favorite punk rock band, will be judging the competition. NoVAC has room for 5 bands, which make the odds pretty good that participating bands will go home with more money in their pockets than they came with. First Place: $400; Second Place: $200; Third Place: $100; and Best Costumed Band: $100. To enter, please visit www.novac.org and download the application. Mail the completed application to: NoVAC, 2 N 3rd St, Suite C, Grand Forks, ND. All applications must be postmarked by August 1, 2012.

9th Annual Governor’s Photo Contest
Gov. Jack Dalrymple and the North Dakota Tourism Division, in partnership with AAA, are kicking off the 2012 Governor’s Photo Contest. The contest will run from May 14 through August 31, following North Dakota Travel and Tourism Week events. Any North Dakota amateur photographer is invited to submit entries to the Governor's Photo Contest. One winner will be selected in each category and a $200 cash prize will be awarded to the photographer of each selected photo. Additional honorable mentions may be selected in each category, with photographers receiving North Dakota Legendary merchandise. A Best of Show photo will be selected from the winning photographs, and the photographer will receive an additional $300 cash prize and a free, one-year basic membership to AAA. In addition to the prize money: Winning photographs will be published in North Dakota Tourism’s 2013 promotional materials and on the website; Winning photographs will be eligible for display in AAA North Dakota branch offices and may be printed in AAA regional publications; Winners also will be published in North Dakota Tourism’s newsletter and likely in future promotional publications and marketing efforts; In partnership with the North Dakota Council on the Arts, winning photographs will be featured in a public display at the North Dakota Capitol building from January-March, 2013. For the third year, photos can be submitted online through Flickr, an image and video hosting site. More than 500 of the 660 photos entered were submitted via Flickr. Launched in 2004, the Governor’s Photo Contest encourages North Dakota amateur photographers to submit photos that capture the unique things to see and do in North Dakota. The deadline to submit photos is August 31, 2012. Physical entries must be postmarked by this date. To enter the contest by mail, photographs must be submitted on a CD with a 5x7 or 8x10 print copy. Prints need not be mounted or framed. The back of the photo and CD must be labeled with the entrant's name, address, telephone number, e-mail address, contest category, title of photo, location and date the photo was taken.  Entries should be mailed to North Dakota Department of Commerce Tourism Division, Attention Heather LeMoine, at P.O. Box 2057, Bismarck, ND 58502-2057. AAA branch offices in Fargo and Bismarck will also accept entries. Entrants cannot be guaranteed that submitted photos will be returned. Complete contest rules can be found on the Tourism Division Web site at NDTourism.com. For more information, contact the Tourism Division at 701-328-2525 or 800-435-5663.

Grain Elevator Photo Contest
The grain elevator is one of the classic sights on the prairies of North Dakota. The State Historical Society of North Dakota is sponsoring a photo contest to gather images and information on grain elevators in North Dakota. Photographs submitted for the contest will be displayed on a webpage that highlights elevators and the grain industry. The grand-prize-winning photograph will be made into a poster for distribution across the state. Dotted across the landscape, grain elevators have provided North Dakota farmers with the ability to store and distribute grain throughout the state, nation, and the world.  They were invented in Buffalo, New York, in the early 1840s and have been built out of wood, concrete, steel, and other materials in many different sizes. Grain elevators came to North Dakota with the railroad, and their owners have included the railroads, government, cooperatives, private companies, or individuals. All photographs, with necessary identifying information, will also be added to the files of the State Historical Society of North Dakota, as part of the North Dakota Cultural Resources Survey. The contest opens runs through December 31, 2012. It is open to all amateur photographers, but the subject of the photos must be a grain elevator in North Dakota and the location of the elevator must be included with the submission. Photographs should be taken within the last three years. For more information about the contest rules and prizes, visit our website at www.history.nd.gov/PhotoContest or contact the State Historic Preservation Office at 701-328-2089.

Check out the other current Arts Opportunities available on the NDCA web site!


Corporate Giving Continues to Grow in Dollars and Sophistication
A new survey by the Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy (CECP) in association for the first time with The Conference Board found that the majority of corporations worldwide increased their giving in 2011. While it has not yet returned to pre-recession levels, the median increase was more than 10 percent, with direct cash the most prevalent form of giving. "We are optimistic about the levels of commitment we see from companies," said CECP Executive Director Charles Moore. "Not only are they continuing to give, but they are also doing so in more strategic and thoughtful ways in partnership with their employees and their communities." To learn more visit http://foundationcenter.org/pnd/news/story.jhtml?id=381100002.
~ Americans for the Arts, June 2012 Monthly Wire


Sign Up for Your Free Duns & Bradstreet Number
Art organizations are encouraged to sign up for a free Duns & Bradstreet number, which allows your organization to be counted in national arts data. It takes 30 days to get a new DUNS number, apply at http://www.dnb.com.

Nonprofits Organizations - Learn How to Save $$$ on Your Technology Needs!
TechSoup Stock is the technology product philanthropy service just for nonprofits. Launched by TechSoup Global in January 2002 (as DiscounTech), this service is a unique collaboration with corporate and nonprofit technology providers. Thanks to their partners' generous product donations and discounts, TechSoup Stock is able to facilitate and distribute multiple product philanthropy programs in a centralized, Web-based platform. They work to foster social change in two ways: by helping nonprofits to save money for mission-critical work when acquiring technology and by helping nonprofits use this technology even more effectively. To learn more, visit http://www.techsoup.org/stock/aboutus.asp.

Applying for 501(c) Status Without a Lawyer
The IRS has created a new website (http://www.stayexempt.org/) that enables new organizations to apply for 501(c) status without using a lawyer. This site is helpful and easy to follow.

Art Calendar
Art Calendar is the industry’s foremost business magazine for visual artists. Founded in 1986, Art Calendar acts as a beacon to guide artists on their journey toward making a living with their art. Written by knowledgeable industry pros and successful working artists, Art Calendar offers practical business advice on subjects such as art marketing, art law, portfolio development, exhibition presentation, communication skills and sales techniques, as well as advanced technical applications of photography, computer and Web tools. It also offers the most extensive and recent listings of Calls to Artists, including galleries reviewing portfolios, juried competitions, grants, fellowships, festivals, publishing opportunities and residencies. Best described as “The Artist’s Guide to Making It,” Art Calendar is the only subscription-driven, business-oriented magazine published specifically for visual artists. Art Calendar enables professional artists to make a living doing what they love. Offering innovative ideas, along with all of the necessary tools to sell their work and further their careers, Art Calendar has established itself as the ultimate resource for visual artists. http://www.artcalendar.com/; http://www.artscuttlebutt.com/; http://www.craftercircle.com/.

Sell Your Arts/Crafts Online at PrairieWorksMall.com
Prairie Works is organized to empower rural and isolated North Dakota artists and artisans to market their crafts and gain access to professional networks. Its purpose is to promote access to, and development of, arts in rural and tribal communities in North Dakota. Prairie Works is an organization founded to continue the art and craft heritage of rural ND artists by providing a source to market and sell their creative products. Prairie Works is providing the On-Line Gallery, a web site to sell art and craft work that ND artists, crafters and art entrepreneurs have created. The arts/crafts of Prairie Works will consist of quality, originality, creativity, and use of appropriate techniques. All work must be handmade by the ND artisan. For more information; to become a member; and/or to sell your arts/crafts online, please visit http://www.prairieworksmall.com/.

Online Arts Job Resource
Americans for the Arts have created an online arts job resource for employers and employees to come together. This new resource can be accessed by visiting http://jobbank.artsusa.org/search.cfm.

Prairie Independent
The "Prairie Independent" is Bismarck-Mandan's community newspaper of people, places, culture and what’s going on. The "Prairie Independent" is free and available at over 220 locations including coffee shops, restaurants, waiting rooms, bars, entertainment centers, convenience stores, churches, colleges, retail stores, offices and work places. It is published monthly by the North Dakota Center for the Public Good. If you are interested in advertising your events or efforts, suggesting articles about your events or efforts, or having copies of the "Prairie Independent" for your customers, please contact Don Morrison at don@ndpeople.org, or 527-0060.

Self Employment in the Arts (SEA)
The focus of SEA is on the business of art. SEA was created with the idea that more artists will succeed if they have business skills, knowledge, resources, and contacts. Through artist-led conferences, a website full of resources and articles, and educational tools like the award winning Entrepreneurial Artist DVD; SEA helps artists turn their passions into a living. SEA is for college students, serious high school students, artists, and educators. Their mission is to provide educational resources to help aspiring artists gain the entrepreneurial knowledge and skills needed to establish and maintain a career as an independent artist. more on SEA...

"Tools for Results" Tool-Kit - a Resource for Non-profit Arts and Cultural Organizations
The Texas Commission on the Arts "Tools for Results" Tool-kit was developed as a resource for non-profit arts and cultural organizations in Texas and beyond. The Tool-kit is a collaborative project made possible with the help of many organizations that generously agreed to share their resources. The Tool-kit covers six topic areas: Fundraising & Development, Programs & Exhibitions, Cultural Tourism, Marketing, Advocacy, and Nonprofit Basics. Each section covers the basics, relevant concepts, best practices, things to consider, ideas for implementing change, common mistakes, ways to get started, do’s and don’ts, and how-to’s on a variety of topics. The “tools” are the sample forms, letters, documents, checklists, templates, and other resources. The intention is for nonprofits to take these “tools” and adapt them for their own purposes.

United States Artists (USA)
USA is a new organization dedicated to the support of America's finest living artists. Artists now have a home where they may find significant private funding to ignite the creativity that makes this country great. USA was launched in September 2005 with $20 million in seed funding provided by a coalition of leading foundations—Ford, Rockefeller, Prudential, and Rasmuson—in an act of unprecedented private investment in individual artists and the creative potential of America. Their initial investment enables them to pilot the USA Fellows program, awarding unrestricted $50,000 grants to fifty artists each year beginning in 2006. USA's long-term vision is to create an organization dedicated to the unlimited promise of our finest artists. Their horizon line is not three, five, or 25 years, but rather 100 years and beyond. Building on their base of private funding, their aspiration is to be permanently endowed. more on United States Artists…

Artists' Health Insurance Resource Center
The Artists’ Health Insurance Resource Center (AHIRC) database was created in 1998 by The Actors’ Fund of America, with a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, as a health insurance resource for artists and people in the entertainment industry. Since then, with support from The Commonwealth Fund, it has expanded to include resources for the self-employed, low-income workers, the under-insured, the uninsured who require medical care and many other groups. For more information visit: http://www.ahirc.org/; for a direct link to North Dakota resources, visit: http://www.ahirc.org/facet/field_ahirc_scope_0%3A%22ND%22+field_national%3A%22National%22.

Additional Web Sites
The following Web sites have resources that may be of service to educators, individual artists, and arts organizations including funding and other opportunities, publications, arts events, etc:

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